Jul 27 2009

Don’t poke a hornet’s nest

Published by at 5:39 am under General,Hacking,Risk,Security Advisories

I have to admit, as a security professional, I’ve been woefully lacking in my exploration of the 4chan site.  More accurately, I’ve been unwilling to stick my nose into what is known as one of the most disturbing and contentious sites on the entirety of the Internet. I know what 4chan is and have a number of friends who spend significant amounts of time there, but I’ve never had the need or desire to explore or spend any time on the site.  But one thing I do know about 4chan is that you don’t want to stir up it’s denizens and find yourself on the receiving end of more unsavory attention than you even knew existed.  Apparently AT&T didn’t understand that basic tenet of the Internet and started blocking 4chan in SoCal over the weekend, nearly creating a digital uprising they not have been able to handle.  Luckily for them, they relented and unblocked 4chan before the real storm started.

4chan’s members range from web neophytes to some of the most talented hackers out there.  The last time 4chan was in the news was this April when they gamed a Time poll to find the top 100 most influential people.  Talent aside, just the sheer number of people who use the 4chan site worldwide is enough to cause a serious problem for AT&T, especially given their excitable nature.  And all it would have taken on AT&T’s part to avert this disaster is a little bit of transparency, provided their reasons for blocking the site in the first place were authentic. 

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One Response to “Don’t poke a hornet’s nest”

  1. aceon 27 Jul 2009 at 10:48 pm

    And once again, it NEVER fails with the incessant lying, as lying is a way of life for these hacker creeps. I salute AT&T for blocking viruses, trojans and nasty spider scripts, as that is what the REAL truth is as to WHY AT&T has flashed the middle finger [blocked] to 4 Chan. Why should AT&T waste time and energy in dealing with viruses, trojans and uncontrollable script programs emanating from the 4 Chan site?

    I don’t condone censorship and I certainly don’t condone lies “in the name of lulz”. The only thing 4 Chan has proven again and again, is that they are infantile and violent. A bunch of two year olds who go on tirades. And just like an out of control two year old, they need some REAL hard slaps from the school of hard knocks.

    Any consequences or denial of internet access to AT&T customers due to NAZI actions emanating from 4 Chan [or any other hacker creeps for that matter], I pray that they are caught, rounded up, prosecuted beyond the extent of the law, thrown in a windowless cell and locked up forever until the day they die.

    I commend AT&T for taking the step forward and I sincerely hope that other ISP’S follow suit ASAP. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Hackers cause destruction, chaos, waste everyones time and energy. Normal people on the net are SICK AND TIRED of these two year old tantrum antics that 4 Chan displays on a daily basis. These hacker creeps really and truly need to GROW THE F*** UP.

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